BEx

BEx

About
Bowland Experience Limited (Bex) is a commercial subsidiary of the charity, Champion Bowland and provides a long term framework for supporting and promoting the tourism businesses of the Forest of Bowland AONB area. The company's directors are local tourism operators: Jon Beavan (Dalesbridge Centre), Edwina Miller (Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens), Barrie Tyrer (B.P. Tyrer Web Design), Mike Pugh and Margaret Wright (Cobden Farm).
Address
The Old Post Office
Main Street
Clapham
LA2 8DP
United Kingdom
Tel
01200 448000

Activities

Stocks by Matthew Savage

During March we organised two workshops, attended by 20 Bowland Experience businesses – 'Star Tips for Profit', helping tourism businesses to gear up to provide an unforgettable dark sky experience for customers.  The workshops, held at Wyreside Lakes Fishery and Stirk House Hotel, were delivered by local astronomer Robert Ince who has also helped the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park develop their offering and was the resident astronomer at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory for its early phases.  Working with Robert, the Forest of Bowland is currently applying for Dark Sky Discovery Site status for a number of sites across the AONB, so visitors can view the skies at their best!  Visit http://forestofbowland.com/Star-Gazing

17th April 2015 to 17th April 2016

  • Discover Bowland Guide 2015, published and launched 11th Feb at Gibbon Bridge, supported by BEx businesses
  • Gisburn Forest Bike Trails leaflet reprinted - March 2015 - supported by BEx businesses & Forestry Commission
  • Bowland by Bike reprinted - March 2015
17th April 2015

BEx members were consulted at the AGM in November 14 to their preferred method of communicating.  It was agreed that the AONB Sustainable Tourism Officer would distribute the BEx business bulletin every 2 weeks.  It would include concise info, with links to further info and circulate and members news.

1st January 2015

Annual Report for the financial year 2014-15 produced and available on the AONB website.

1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015

The Bowland Hay Time project has restored 35 ha of meadows during 2014 & 2015. This has been possible through partnership working with the N4N project, LEF, the Coronation Meadows project, NE and YDMT. We used green hay and brush harvested seed, as well as plug planting on several sites.

In 2016 we restored 20 ha with a further 11ha in 2017, all using green hay, brush harvested and vacuumed seed. Sites included SSSIs (New Ings and Tarnbrook) in need of seed addition.

In 2018 a further 3 meadows of feild scale restoration were completed through Bowland Haytime

1st April 2014 to 31st March 2018

Delivery of the Bowland Anniversary Awards, designed to recognise the dedication and enthusiasm of some of the many landowners, businesses, community groups and individuals who help to make the Forest of Bowland such a special place.  Winners chosen in seven categories, reflecting the breadth of work which takes place in the AONB.  Nominations invited, shortlisted entries judged and winners announced at a special gala event towards the end of the anniversary year.  Sponsors of the event included: Green Tourism, United Utilities, Countryscape, Grosvenor Estates, Duchy of Lancaster, Lord of Bowland,  Life for a Life Memorial Forests and Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition.

10th February 2014 to 1st November 2014

Actions

2.2 Local Economy and Rural Services
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
2.2A Play an active role in Local Enterprise Partnerships' developing rural agendas e.g. rural growth and development programmes
Invite LEP Chair and Board Members to visit AONB
2014
BEx/Sustainable Tourism Forum members nominated for proposed RDPE/LEADER Local Action Group(s) covering the AONB
2015
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2.2C Continue to support Bowland Experience Ltd
Provide business-to-business support, advice, training and networking for 100 tourism operators and businesses in and around the AONB
2019
Develop and maintain 5 'good practice' web resources for businesses via BEx website
2019
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2.2D To support and encourage businesses to be 'Sustainable Tourism Partners' in the AONB
Establish criteria for 'Sustainable Tourism Partners'
2014
Develop a mentoring system to be offered by 'sustainable tourism partners' to support new businesses.
2016
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2.4 Sustainable Tourism
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
2.4A Develop resources and a series of training sessions to enable businesses to develop bespoke visitor experiences from their door e.g. rainy day guides, car free itineraries, access opportunities
Support 40 businesses through workshops and one-to-one sessions
2019
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2.4B Investigate new ways for tourism businesses to network that complement face-to-face networking opportunities
Hold meeting with tourism businesses to discuss improved networking
2014
Implement new networking practices agreed
2014
Review networking arrangements and make changes where necessary
Annually
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2.4C Continue to offer and further develop the Sense of Place training and familiarisation visits for businesses
Update the digital toolkit
2015
Deliver 5 training courses and familiarisation visits
1 per year
Support 25 businesses
2019
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2.4F Identify and promote opportunities based on seasonal activities to help encourage year-round (or 'off-peak') tourism - e.g. seasonal routes/trails, seasonal produce, bird-watching, fishing, geo-tourism and dark skies)
Workshop held to highlight the opportunities for year-round tourism.
2016
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2.4G Continue to support the development of business clusters in the provision and marketing of 'tourism packages' e.g. Bowland wildlife website and Gisburn Forest Bike trails
Develop 2 business cluster projects
2019
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2.4K Continue to work with tourism operators and businesses to develop car-free activities and walks from the businesses e.g. business-specific downloadable route maps
Develop 2 business-specific downloadable route maps per year
Annually
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2.3 Community Engagement
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
2.3K Raise awareness of the AONB's 50th Anniversary (2014) by encouraging partners, communities and businesses to celebrate and link with the anniversary year
Organise fund-raising events and activities to raise £5,000 for Champion Bowland
2014
Involve tourism businesses and communities in delivery of at least 3 anniversary events/activities
2014
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3.3 Visitor Management
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
3.3C Investigate the potential to link 'honeypot' site projects with 'visitor-giving' schemes
Countryside Site Managers involved in development of Champion Bowland visitor-giving schemes
2014
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3.4 Information and Publicity
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
3.4E Engage with public transport operating companies to develop ticketing promotions and publicity e.g. rail links to the AONB (Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe and Leeds - Morecambe lines)
Meeting held with Northern Rail and/or relevant community rail partnerships
2015
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3.5 Branding and Identity
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
3.5G Raise awareness of public transport amongst tourism operators and businesses and tourist information staff
Disseminate up to date public transport information annually
Annually
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3.6 Audience Development
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
3.6E Support the development of arts and culture based projects and events, using local artists and craftspeople wherever possible, to raise awareness and promote understanding of the Bowland landscape
Support 5 arts and culture based projects
2019
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4.2 Funding
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
4.2A Implement recommendations of the AONB Fundraising Strategy (2013) to manage Partnership budgets effectively and help attract external funding from a range of sources into the future
Implement strategy recommendations
2019
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4.2D Engage with Local Enterprise Partnerships and RDPE/LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs), aiming to secure government and EU funding and to help ensure integrated rural development project delivery within the AONB
Engage as key partner in the development of LAGs and Local Development Strategies for RDPE/LEADER affecting the AONB
2014
Nominate representation from within the AONB on LAGs
2015
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